VietNamNet Bridge - Zero-dong tours have been launched in many localities, creating challenges for state management agencies. Zero dong tours are booming in Vietnam Commenting about the zero-dong tour boom, the Da Nang City Tourism Department said this is a form of competition in price among travel firms, mostly applied to the Chinese and South Korean markets. The increase in the numbers of Chinese and South Korean travelers has helped generate more jobs, bring higher income, polish the city’s image, stimulate real estate demand, and encourage investments in hotels and restaurants. According to UNWTO, 135 million Chinese traveled abroad, an increase of 6 percent over 2015 and spent $261 billion, up 12 percent. This explains why many countries, especially Southeast Asia, want to attract Chinese travelers. US$1=VND22,000 RELATED NEWS ‘Zero dong’ tours break out again in Quang Ninh Zero-VND tours damaging Vietnam’s tourism environment … [Read more...] about Zero-dong tours cause headaches for local authorities
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Martin Rama, Chief Economist for South Asia at the World Bank Last month, the urban authorities of HCMC opened a consultation on whether Thuong Tho Palace should be included in the city’s heritage list. This decision was an important milestone in the history of urban development policy in Vietnam. But it also raised difficult questions on how to think about preservation going forward. The debate about the demolition of Thuong Tho Palace was a historic turning point for two reasons. First, it showed that many people in Vietnam were concerned about the possible disappearance of this magnificent building. Experts wrote newspaper articles about its architectural features, citizens uploaded posts in social media expressing their dismay about the possible loss, signed petitions calling for the palace’s preservation, and so on. At a time when the drive for prosperity is so understandably important for the Vietnamese people, there was a risk that nobody would care about … [Read more...] about What value Vietnam’s heritage? An economist ponders
The Hanoitimes - "We want to give Hanoi people an opportunity to access European culture in street space instead of in museums or at concerts," shared Bruno Angelet, Ambassador, Head of the delegation of The European Union (EU) in Vietnam. The acapella performance by Berywam from France or the stiltwalking show by nearly 50 Belgian artists from the De Steltenlopers art troupe are just a few “color strokes” of the 2018 Europe Village event, held for the first time in Vietnam and Hanoi capital. Unique Experience Taking place in 3 days (May, 4-6) in the area of Ly Thai To statue and the walking streets around Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi, the 2018 “Europe Days" in Vietnam, highlighted by the “Europe Village” program, has brought a "miniature Europe" to the center of the capital with 30 rich events, from music concerts, sports, cultural performances, fashion, to creative games for children and interesting interactive learning activities. Specific … [Read more...] about A glimpse at the first “Europe Village” in Hanoi
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
People in Vietnam are becoming more inclined to take overseas vacations as they are willing to empty their pockets on costly tours as well as expensive services during their trips to foreign countries. To many domestic and foreign tour operators, Vietnam has emerged as a lucrative tourism market given that an increasing number of locals do not hesitate to spend big on overseas journeys. According to Tran Doan The Duy, deputy general director of Ho Chi Minh City-based tour operator Vietravel, the company has had to introduce new trips and destinations on a regular basis to meet local demand. The number of tourists embarking on Vietravel’s trips to Taiwan in 2017 rose by an astonishing 170 percent compared to the previous year, Duy said, adding the travelers to Japan and South Korea also increased by 30 percent. Fiditour, another travel agent in Ho Chi Minh City, reported that the number of its overseas tour buyers has surged by 25 to 30 percent per annum over the past years. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese travelers willing to spend big on overseas tours